Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
Naples is an overall safe city. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about Naples dangerous mafia, ongoing problem with organized crime and different reports about the Camorra (local mafia) which controls many industries in the city. But mostly it is not impact tourists. However, the rate of petty crimes is high and bag-snatching is very common, that’s why don’t wear any valuables in order to not give a seduction for criminals to mug you.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpockets activity is high in all known touristic sites.
MUGGING RISK :
It’s worth to pay attention to motorcycle robbers. However, basic simple precautions will allow you to eliminate all chances to be robbed.
SCAMS RISK :
Gypsy groups hanging out around the tourist’s spots. They distract and they steal, be alert of your surroundings. The string/bracelet scam – these scammers will ask if you want a friendship bracelet or simply if you want to see a focus. If you say yes, they will tie you a string on your rest, in a way you won’t be able to take it off. Then they will demand money from you. The most ruthless might threat you, and bring you to the nearest ATM under force. There are plenty other scams on the Naples’s streets, so the wisest will be not accept anything from strangers as it 99% a scam. Others very known scams are rose scam, gold ring scam. Count your change as the Lira 500 looks practically identical as 2 euros. This scam is very frequent.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
Overcharging in taxis is common. Always ensure that the meter is on. Try to know the fare of the trip in advance and ask the driver about the approximate price of a ride. Be aware of street touts selling the tickets for water buses and “vaporetti” for an inflated price. Driving a car, be aware of the scammers who drive old vehicles and intentionally bangs into your vehicle, so as to claim damage. (In some case it was damaged beforehand)
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
Naples stands in the seismically active area.
TERRORISM RISK :
Terrorism is considered as a worldwide threat. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time. Local authorities continue to arrest suspects of attack planning.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Naples is generally very safe for women travelers, use common sense and avoid suspiciously looking places. It’s advisable not to walk alone, try to keep in a group and do not leave any drinks in the bars or clubs unattended as drink spiking is common. Avoid before mentioned non-go areas.
WHAT TO DO?
This area is definitely number 1 tourist destination. With magnificent churches, Greco-roman ruins, famous authentic streets like Spaccanapoli and other markets make this vibrant place a real free-of-charge open air museum. However, worth to be constantly vigilant as numerous pickpockets operate near the “Spaccanapoli” and sometimes happened that different people stand beside the churches asking for an entrance fee.
AgnanoMostly known destination around Naples. It was favored by Romans and Greeks for its hot springs. Nowadays it’s very visited area as thermal baths and lots of volcanic phenomenon’s are scattered around. Astroni crater is the main spot to visit as it’s a World Wildlife Fund oasis. Each newcomer will feel very secure in the area, however, the potentiality of being robbed exist. So, be alert and watch out for your belongings.
Posllipo and ChiaiaThe most charming destination of the Naples. Remarkable Roman ruins are here. Gardens and sophisticated baroque churches add up romantic notes for this place. Supposed to be an untroubled area, with the relatively low crime rate.
All around the Naples the chances of being robbed exist especially should be pay attention to motorcycle robbers. However, there is a type of neighborhoods where ought to follow all possible safety precautions and even minimize the stay time during the night time. SafeAround compiled the list of that kind of places: